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How I’m using biological data to tell better stories — and spark social change | Heidi Boisvert

For the past 15 years I’ve been trying to change your mind. In my work I harness pop culture and emerging technology to shift cultural norms. I’ve made video games to promote human rights, I’ve made animations to raise awareness about unfair immigration laws and I’ve even made location-based augmented reality apps to change perceptions […]

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Autism — what we know (and what we don’t know yet) | Wendy Chung

“Why?” “Why?” is a question that parents ask me all the time. “Why did my child develop autism?” As a pediatrician, as a geneticist, as a researcher, we try and address that question. But autism is not a single condition. It’s actually a spectrum of disorders, a spectrum that ranges, for instance, from Justin, a […]

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How to build synthetic DNA and send it across the internet | Dan Gibson

Alright, let me tell you about building synthetic cells and printing life. But first, let me tell you a quick story. On March 31, 2013, my team and I received an email from an international health organization, alerting us that two men died in China shortly after contracting the H7N9 bird flu. There were fears […]

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The next software revolution: programming biological cells | Sara-Jane Dunn

The second half of the last century was completely defined by a technological revolution: the software revolution. The ability to program electrons on a material called silicon made possible technologies, companies and industries that were at one point unimaginable to many of us, but which have now fundamentally changed the way the world works. The […]

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